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... glasses on trays suspended from chains to workers and prospective shoppers.
- one of the favourite fast foods is Simit - dough dipped in grape molasses and sesame seeds before baking; we did try them but we're not enamoured
- the streets in the old city are narrow and chaotic; cars park on sidewalks, hand-carts and motorbikes compete with pedestrians along cobblestone ...
This morning instead of our usual shower, we had a Turkish bath at a "haman". Pure bliss!! But not for anyone who is at all shy. After stripping down we wrapped pestemals (cotton fabric) around ourselves and were led by our attendants into a hot, white marble room with marble basins and gold water taps where we were given gold bowls. For about five minutes we poured warm water all over ourselves, which softens the skin. Next we ...
... in the atmosphere. This is the more touristy markets and the prices weren't as good as the spice market.
The Basilica Cistern was stunning and lies beneath the city of Istanbul. The temple floor submerged in water with man made ramps allowing us to walk around it. The forest of column's were the only lite up part inside, so it naturally had an airy feel about it. On 2 particular columns were carved Medusa heads which looked awesome.
A few of us from the ...
... at all, checked in, called my folks, and changed clothes to get ready for some sight-seeing. I started by wandering just around the corner and BOOM, there's Hagia Sophia, the largest/oldest Orthodox Cathedral in the world. I continued down the street, only to be continually awed by the sights. Ancient Istanbul was laying before me, only with a modern sort of hustle and bustle of locals. I must say, it took some getting used to seeing as many head ...
We got here yesterday and I wrote a detailed post this morning but haven't published it because we're having Internet issues. Well get them straight and be up and running soon. Amanda's doing great and ready for Iris to come whenever she's ready. More ...